Comments to the FCC on Net Neutrality and Title II Reclassification

New pushes in the network neutrality debate are threatening to place much of the Internet sector under a new burdensome regulatory regime that could hinder growth and insert regulatory uncertainty into countless companies, including small startups. The regime, known as Title II reclassification, would place broadband under telephone regulation in order to ban certain network practices. But the ensuing legal morass is not likely to achieve the intended goals. Meanwhile, the broader Internet sector could come under these proposed rules. Of all the proposals suggested, reclassification poses high costs with the little, if any, rewards.

Dodd-Frank at 4: More Regulation, More Regulators, and a Sluggish Housing Market

The Dodd-Frank Act limps into its fifth year of implementation, saddled by an unconstitutional recess appointment, several setbacks in federal courts, and an expensive regulatory portfolio.  The Act imposed 398 new regulations that have thus far added more than $21.8 billion in costs and 60.7 million paperwork burden hours. These measures have transformed the financial industry, overhauled mortgage lending, and directly affected the availability of credit. With roughly one-quarter of the law still left to implement, it’s safe to say that the true economic impacts won’t be understood for years.

VA Paperwork Continues to Increase

Last year, the American Action Forum highlighted the extensive paperwork barriers veterans must face when applying for benefits and communicating with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A year later, despite VA commitments to streamline the process, the agency’s paperwork burden continues to climb. Last year it was just above 7 million hours. Today, it stands at approximately 8.7 million hours, the highest in recent history.

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